My work is focused on major mosquito vectors of disease. In particular, the rapid evolution and spread of resistance associated variants is a major focus. I am interested in investigating the underlying genetic mechanisms behind the regulation of resistance-associated genes, such as the involvement of non-coding RNAs. I am also interested in studying gene flow between populations of Anopheles mosquitoes, and how that may impact control programmes.

In 2017, I completed an MSc in Molecular Biology of Parasites and Disease Vectors at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, in which I investigated mechanisms of resistance to the volatile pyrethroid, transfluthrin, under the supervision of Dr. David Weetman and Dr. Mark Paine. I soon re-joined the school as a molecular biology research technician, in which I continued to work in the field of insecticide resistance with Professor Hilary Ranson.

I was recently awarded an MRC CASE studentship, at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. The studentship is a 4 year programme - a 1 year MRes followed by a 3 year PhD.

In the course of my PhD, I intend to apply machine learning algorithms to the Anopheles 1000 genomes data, as well as developing robust CRISPR-Cas based methodologies to investigate the role of specific variants in conferring resistance to insecticides.

Site launched

This is a first attempt at creating a github.io page, with an accompanying blog, powered by Jekyll, and thanks to http://jmcglone.com/guides/github-pages/. Seems pretty straightforward so far. First challenge, try and add the github and twitter logos with their associated links. We’ll see how straightforward that is….